The Tamil Arts and Culture Association (TACA, Sydney)’s annual Sydney Chithirai festival (Sydniyil Chithiraith Thiruvizha) will be held on Sunday 13 April at the Rosehill Racecourse. Chithirai is the first month of the Tamil calendar, and 14 April is the Tamil New Year day.
TACA secretary and event coordinator Anagan Babu has called on Tamil families living in Sydney to turn up for the festival. Babu said: “We also welcome non-Tamils to experience the rich Tamil culture, food and much more. This festival will also give businesses an opportunity to network.”
Chithirai festival is the famous festival in Tamil Nadu attended by millions in Madurai. TACA Sydney has been the organiser of this event for the last three years. TACA’s signature event brings together Tamils from all backgrounds like India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Maurtitius and other parts of the world. This is the only Tamil community event that is a day-long family celebration event with traditional arts, culture and food.
TACA Sydney has the support of various other Tamil organisations like the Australian Tamil Broadcasting Corporation, media and other businesses as sponsors and members of the Tamil community in organising this festival.
TACA brings folk musicians from Tamil Nadu for the festival. The last two years TACA brought Pushpavanam Kuppusamy , Anitha Kuppusamy, Chinna Ponnu and Velumurugan, all renowned Tamil folk singers.
This year the organisers are bringing folk and Tamil playback singers Thanjai Selvi and Ayyappan and troupe. TACA has also roped in Tamil traditional folk dancers “Kalaimaamani” TamilSelvi” (Karagaattam) and “Kalaimaamani” Natarajan (Kaavadiaatam), which will be highlight of the festival.
TACA is expecting a few thousand people at Rosehill this year.